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[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 4.28.91 – Sting/Gigante/Pillman vs. Horsemen, JYD vs. OMG

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

This week Main Event adds an extra hour to accommodate two featured matches: Junkyard Dog taking on One Man Gang and a six man tag team match pitting Sting, El Gigante, & Brian Pillman against Ric Flair, Barry Windham, & Arn Anderson. Also on the show Dusty Rhodes has a special interview with Flair, we get more footage from Japan Supershow, and Black Bart makes his spectacular return! Okay maybe I hyperbolized the last one.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CAHMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Big Josh vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • THE DANGER ZONE w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Brian Pillman
  • The Young Pistols vs. Rip Rogers & Jeff Stone
  • Larry Zbyszko vs. Terry Bronson
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Sting, El Gigante, & Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, & Barry Windham (**1/2)
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • HANDICAP MATCH: Nikita Koloff vs. Larry Santo & Rick Stockhauser
  • Tom Zenk vs. Brian Carr
  • The Junkyard Dog vs. The One Man Gang (*)
  • Black Bart vs. Joe Cruz
  • CLIP: Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (Japan Supershow)
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Dusty Rhodes w/ Ric Flair
  • Lex Luger vs. Mike Thor

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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 4.27.91 – Pillman vs. Windham, Longest Squash Ever, Poor Joe Cruz

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s World Championship Wrestling features a preview of SuperBrawl as Brian Pillman takes on Barry Windham in the featured match. Big Van Vader, Big Josh, and others are also in squash matches, and we get another look at the controversy from Japan Supershow.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Big Van Vader vs. Rip Rogers
  • El Gigante vs. Paul Lee
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Magnum Force #2 (Rick)
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ Dustin Rhodes
  • Big Josh vs. Jim Corbett
  • Ron Simmons vs. Snake Watson
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Pat Rose & Joe Cruz
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt w/ Nikita Koloff
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Mike Thor, Randy Tatum, & Greg Sawyer
  • PRE-TAPED DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Lex Luger
  • Sid Vicious vs. Lynn Fields
  • CLIP: ending of Flair/Fujinami (Japan Supershow)
  • CLIP: Flair steals the belt back at the post-Supershow press conference
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Jim Ross w/ Ric Flair
  • Brian Pillman vs. Barry Windham (**1/4)
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Lou Fabiano & Jeff Stone

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[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 4.27.91 – Sting & Luger vs. Magnum Force, ENTIRE SuperBrawl Lineup Announced

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

This week on Pro Dustin Rhodes pulls double duty in tag team action and as a guest on Larry Z’s Legends, Sting & Lex Luger try to defeat the overwhelming power of MANGUM FORCE, the “controversy” around the World Title is discussed, and Gordon Solie lays out the ENTIRE lineup for next month’s SuperBrawl PPV.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. Rob Morgan & Chuck Coats
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Big Josh vs. Jeff Sword
  • GREEN SCREEN PROMO: The Steiner Brothers
  • Big Van Vader. Mark Merro
  • CLIP: Ric Flair vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (Japan Supershow – 4.7.91)
  • INTERVIEW: Ric Flair
  • Ron Simmons vs. Tony Mella
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko w/ Dustin Rhodes
  • One Man Gang vs. Keith Hart
  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Magnum Force

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[TV Rundown] ‘Main Event’ 4.21.91 – Pillman/Gigante vs. Anderson/Windham, Handicap Match

COMMENTATOR: Jim Ross

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. Joe Cazana & Doug Vines
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Lex Luger
  • HANDICAP MATCH: Nikita Koloff vs. Scott Sandlin & T.C. Carter
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Ricky Nelson & Larry Santo
  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (**1/2)

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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 4.20.91 – Rhodes & Morton vs. Taylor & Zbyszko, Sting & Luger in Action

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

This week’s truncated World Championship Wrestling features a tag team main event as Dustin Rhodes teams up with Ricky Morton to take on Terrance Taylor and Larry Zbyszko. Big Van Vader, Nikita Koloff, and the team of Sting & Lex Luger are also in action, plus the real heroes of WCW: MAGNUM FORCE.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Sting & Lex Luger vs. Joe Cruz & Mike Samples
  • Tommy Rich vs. One Man Gang (NR)
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Big Van Vader vs. Jeff Sword
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, & Barry Windham
  • Nikita Koloff vs. Rob Morgan
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Nikita Koloff
  • Big Josh & The Young Pistols vs. Chuck Coats & Magnum Force
  • Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Morton vs. Terrance Taylor & Larry Zbyszko (**1/4)

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[TV Rundown] ‘Worldwide’ 4.20.91 – Flair and Vader in Action, Meadowlands Footage

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Gordon Solie

This week on Worldwide we’ve got squash matches galore, the same SuperBrawl Control Center we’ve seen on every other episode this weekend, and another look at the feud between Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff. At least this one features new Meadowlands footage.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • CLIP: Luger vs. Koloff from the Meadowlands
  • Big Van Vader vs. Snake Watson
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • GREEN SCREEN PROMO: Sting
  • Ric Flair vs. Tim Parker
  • POST-MATCH INTERVIEW: Ric Flair
  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Mike Thor & Jeff Stone
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Greg Sawyer
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Jim Corbett & Paul Lee
  • MEADOWLANDS INTERVIEW: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Lex Luger
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Lynn Fields & Randy Tatum

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[TV Rundown] ‘Pro’ 4.20.91 – TV Title Match, Luger/Koloff Recap

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Doug Vines & Mark Kyle
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • Arn Anderson [c] vs. Tim Horner for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • The Young Pistols vs. Dave Johnson & Lou Fabiano
  • BRICKHOUSE BONUS w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog vs. Rip Rogers, Don Allen, & Joe Cazana
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko w/ Ron Simmons
  • Barry Windham vs. Scott Allen
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • Lex Luger vs. Pat Rose

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[TV Rundown] ‘World Championship Wrestling’ 4.13.91 – Pillman vs. Flair, Rhodes vs. Zbyszko

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Brian Pillman continues his crusade against The Horsemen this week on World Championship Wrestling, taking on its leader “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Also on the show Dustin Rhodes takes on Larry Zbyszko, Gordon Solie announces some SuperBrawl matches, and much more!

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Don Allen & Lou Fabiano
  • The One Man Gang vs. Rick Hardrock
  • Big Van Vader vs. Mark Kyle
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Missy Hyatt w/ Big Van Vader
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Pat Rose
  • SUPERBRAWL CONTROL CENTER w/ Gordon Solie
  • The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Dave Johnson & Terry Bronson
  • Terrance Taylor vs. Tim Parker
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Larry Zbyszko (**1/4)
  • FEUD RECAP: Lex Luger vs. Nikita Koloff
  • THE DANGER ZONE: Paul E. Dangerously w/ Arn Anderson
  • Barry Windham vs. Tommy Angel
  • Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair (***1/2)

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[TV Review] Pro – 4.13.91

Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

This week on Pro the feud between Bobby Eaton, The Z-Man, & The York Foundation continues, The Royal Family shows up to remind us all they’re still employed, Dustin Rhodes stands up to an amused Stan Hansen, and much more!

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (?)
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

LINEUP

  • Bobby Eaton vs. Terrance Taylor (**)
  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Hacksaw Higgins
  • The Lightning Express vs. The Royal Family (**)
  • SEGMENT: Brickhouse Bonus w/ Jack Brickhouse
  • Ricky Morton & Owen Hart vs. Greg Sawyer & Joey Maggs
  • SEGMENT: SuperBrawl Control Center w/ Gordon Solie
  • Stan Hansen vs. Larry Santo
  • RINGSIDE INTERVIEW: Stan Hansen
  • The Young Pistols vs. Chuck Coats & John Faulkner
  • LARRY Z’S LEGENDS: Larry Zbyszko & Big Josh
  • Sid Vicious vs. Scott Allen

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[PPV Review] WCW/NJPW Japan Supershow I – Flair/Fujinami, Sting/Muta

Show Date: March 21, 1991
Airdate: April 7, 1991
Venue: Tokyo Dome (Tokyo, Japan)
Commentators: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

After weeks of hearing about it in vague terms, now it’s time to see this Japan Supershow for myself. WCW held the event in conjunction with New Japan Pro Wrestling in March, but WCW waited until April to present it to American audiences. Sadly a lot of the matches are clipped and some didn’t even make the PPV. Oh well. Hopefully it’ll still be a fun watch. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a real big show to sink my teeth into, so I’m hungry for it.

NOTE: due to the clipped nature of this event, the ratings presented for most of these matches should be taken with an even bigger grain of salt than usual.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Tatsumi Fujinami
  • IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Jushin “Thunder” Liger
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki

THE LINEUP

  • Brian Pillman, Tom Zenk, & Tim Horner vs. Takayuki Iizuka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, & Shiro Koshinaka (***)
  • Jushin Liger [c] vs. Akira Nogami for the IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Masahiro Chono & Masa Saito vs. Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (***1/2)
  • El Gigante vs. The Big Cat (NR)
  • The Steiner Brothers [WCW] vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki [IWGP] for the WCW and IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (****)
  • Sting vs. The Great Muta (***1/2)
  • Ric Flair [WCW] vs. Tatsumi Fujinami [IWGP] for the NWA AND IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS (***)

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